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‘Tightening The Noose’: Pakistani Journalists Turn To Social Networks As Mainstream Media Gagged

Pakistani television host Murtaza Solangi’s current-affairs show was on-air, broadcasting a taped interview with an opposition figure about a military coup that took place a decade earlier, when the program was abruptly cut off.The veteran journalist with independent Capital TV exchanged heated words with the managing director and was told …

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Trump Denies Report He’s Considering 120,000 Troops to Counter Iran

PENTAGON — U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected a report that he is considering sending 120,000 troops to counter Iran, but didn’t rule out deploying “a lot more” soldiers in the future. “I think it’s fake news,” Trump said of a New York Times report that the White House is …

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India’s Chabahar gambit

Although US diplomats have assured India that it will not face its sanctions for aiding the development of the Chabahar port, US president Donald Trump’s multiple U-turns and increasingly hawkish stance on Iran turns that assurance somewhat blurry. Against the backdrop of US-Iran tensions, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif …

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Three labourers killed in Balochistan’s Naseerabad district

QUETTA:  At least three labourers were killed and another injured on Tuesday in the Naseerabad district of Balochistan after unidentified assailants opened fire on them. According to details, the labourers were working on a site in the Manju Shura area of the district when unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire …

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Iran Sentences British Council Employee for Alleged Espionage

Iran has sentenced an employee of the British Council to 10 years in prison on espionage charges, the country’s judiciary spokesman said Monday. The woman, an Iranian citizen, was found guilty of cooperating with British spy agencies while working for the British Council – charges she “quickly and clearly” confessed …

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European Allies Warn US Over Tensions With Iran

STATE DEPARTMENT —  Top officials from the European Union are calling on the United States to use “maximum restraint” and avoid military escalation with Iran. “[U.S. Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo heard very clearly from us — not only from myself but also from the other ministers of EU member …

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Blast Kills 4 Policemen in SW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD —  A bomb explosion in southwestern Pakistan has killed at least four policemen and injured around 10 other people, including civilians. A senior police officer said the deadly blast occurred late Monday in a marketplace in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, where China is investing billions of dollars …

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Gwadar attack terrorist not a missing person: Mengal

KARACHI: Akhtar Mengal, president of his own faction of the Balochistan National Party (BNP-M), has refuted claims that a Baloch ‘missing person’ was among the gunmen who attacked a hotel in Gwadar on Saturday. In a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday, Mr Mengal said that the person identified as …

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Saudi Arabia say oil giant Aramco’s sites targeted

Saudi Arabia says oil infrastructure sites belonging to the country’s state-run oil company Aramco have been targeted and that at least one of the attacks was carried out by drone strikes. The announcement came shortly after Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed an assault on the kingdom. The state Saudi Press Agency …

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